J Korean Neuropsychiatr Assoc.  2003 Mar;42(2):178-188.

Group Psychotherapy: Group Dynamics

  • 1Lee Hoo-Kyeong's Psychiatric Clinic, Hanam, Korea.


This article on 'group dynamics' is the last part following the 'history and prospect' and the 'theory and practice', series composed of three parts to understand the group psychotherapy. To explain the core theme concerning the group dynamics, we compared the therapeutic group in clinical scope with the work group in social scope for convenience. And this article principally was for the therapeutic group. We can discover many similarities between groups and organizations when we observe the details although they appear quite different with different goals. Therefore, if the leader of a group in the clinical and social setup has a full knowledge in group dynamics, he would be effective in functional roles with increased sensitivity and understanding of group process. This article was written in order of the history of group dynamics, the theory of group dynamics, group development, and leadership. The group psychotherapy derives from individual psychotherapy. To lead group psychotherapy successfully, Therapists have to be knowledgeable not only of the concept of psychotherapy but also the concept of group dynamics.


Group Dynamics; Group Psychotherapy; Group Development; Leadership
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